Lance Jencks has been writing poetry for fifty years. In the 1970s he earned an
MFA in playwriting and a PhD in Contemporary Theatre. In the 1980s he published
his verse-based roman á clef, The Wisdom of Southern California, then toured
that region with a one-man show of the same name. Lance has been an advertising
copywriter, a stock-and-bond broker, and the guy who hooks your car to the chain
at the car wash. He lives today in Newport Beach, California, where he was
recently featured in the epic bodysurfing movie Dirty Old Wedge, streaming on
Organ Recital at Saint-Eustache
First a bird, then the sea;
then huge armies traipse
to their catastrophe.
Now the storm;
next the dawn—
from a single sound.
Closer, ever closer, march
children from the womb.
After this: a tomb.